“Abracadabrantesque” - Chirac and the future of France
There's a good article in the Sunday Times today that neatly summarises the state of modern France, ahead of Jacques Chirac's state visit to London this week. Once he has gone - likely in a couple of years - there will be some major obstacles to be overcome by his successor, from the huge public sector to the threat of the extreme right, the confusion of Gaullism to the country's pensions deficit, governmental corruption to France's uncertain position as a world power.
The article doesn't manage to answer the key question - what to make of Chirac? But then, that's the nature of the man.